In an article by Michael Hiltzik,
The title of which has been changed several times, attempts to prove that ridicule of the unvaccinated and the doubters after their death encourages others to take injections.
It’s troubling that the original URL was “Why don’t we dance on the graves of anti-vaxxers?”
However, his final work has now been published as “Mocking the COVID deaths of those who are against vaccines – it’s disgusting, yes, but may be necessary.”
The headline change suggests that the paper was trying to minimize the inevitable backlash.
Much of the article was devoted to ridiculing the death of conservative activist Kelly Earnby, who opposed mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for children as a condition of school attendance but subsequently died of “covid complications.”
Hiltzik wrote: “Friends and family of Kelly Earnby ask us to remember her career as a public servant, devoted wife and mother. But let’s not skimp on words: her campaigns against public health measures undermined all the good she could do in her other endeavors.
The policies Ernby advocated could well have contributed to the spread of COVID and damage to the public health infrastructure in her own community. Even before this pandemic, she advocated measures that would threaten California schoolchildren with fatal childhood diseases. There was no scientific or medical basis for her opposition to mandates, only political ideology.”
He added that the media should report the deaths of people who question vaccines and restrictions related to the coronavirus.
“But ridicule is not necessarily the wrong response to those who publicly ridiculed the COVID measures and urged others to follow suit before they died from a disease they downplayed,” he wrote.
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